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 Scope of Inspections

I. Visual Inspection

A. Interior (if needed) – check for moisture stains in basement areas and other accessible areas, with special detailed given to problem areas and areas pointed out by the homeowner.

B. Exterior – determine the type of the system (EIFS, hard coat stucco, or other). Check for obvious problems with the system, such as nicks or dings, setting or stress seams, flashing, the utility penetrations, and the conditions of the windows and doors.

C. Diagram the home locating all the penetrations of the system, the windows/doors, utility penetrations, roof terminations, decks, and other penetrations.

II. Moisture Testing

A. Non-invasive testing using a Tramex Wet Wall Detector is conducted around all windows/doors, utility penetration, roof terminations, decks, aesthetic joints, and other areas to detect a change of density of substrate. Where areas are considered questionable, they are recorded on the home diagram.

B. Invasive testing, using a Delmhorst BD-2000 moisture meter, a deep wall probe which gives a percent of moisture in the substrate. These moisture readings are recorded on the diagram and used to make further recommendations to correct the moisture intrusion points. All probe holes are sealed with a sealant.

C. Moisture Guidelines, established by the Nationals Home Builders Research Center

  • less than 19-20% are acceptable moisture readings

  • 20% to 30%, further inspection is required to inspect for substrate damage or deterioration, checking adjacent areas, and recommend repairs to correct the source of the moisture
  • greater than 30%, repair the source of the moisture and check for structural damage

D. Stucco Inspections will recommend qualified, licensed contractors to retrofit the areas of concern. Stucco Inspections is not affiliated with any repair or retrofit contractors.

III. Follow up inspections are made as needed and consulting on areas of concern is always available to our clients.

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